Ideally someone should contact their solicitor straight away. As soon as you’re looking around for somewhere to buy you’re looking at estate agents’ windows of course and looking to see what’s around and you should contact a solicitor straightaway to make sure that they’re in on the ground floor and know what’s going on. At that point the solicitor will generally provide a full quote for acting in the sale and purchase including legal fees a best estimate and also any third party costs such as Land Registry documents, any searches on the purchase and stamp duty as well. In a house buying process someone should contact a solicitor as soon as possible. If you’re selling, as soon as you decide you’re going to put your house on the market and before indeed you instruct an estate agent. If you’re buying then obviously you’ll probably wait until you’ve got a particular house in mind but before you make that final decision to buy speak to a solicitor. There’s so much he can add value to your decision to buy that property.